I remember going out for basketball in the 6th grade. I sat on the bench until the last 2 minutes. I hated sitting on the bench watching the taller dudes have all the fun. ( Fun fact: I fouled out once in that 2 minutes.) My coach told me I would never play much basketball and wrestling was probably my sport and he accepted me quitting the team. I hadn’t said anything about quitting so I got the point. He was right.
The last 14 weekends haven’t been awesome. I feel like I have been “benched”. I never thought it would last this long, but anyhow, this last weekend was it. I really never want to hear “unprecedented” “the new normal” “we are in this together” etc. LOL. I praise God it’s over. I am a preacher and I want to preach and teach God’s Word to faces and families!
I sure got tired of the introverts saying “I really enjoyed this Covid stay-at-home.” When I read those posts on Facebook from other pastors I just rolled my eyes. I am just not like that. I am not an introvert. It was unenjoyable to not be around my Compelled Family and people. Recording on Friday and preaching to an empty room was OK, but I did not feel like a pastor regardless how many people watched online. I am thankful we could do it and that everyone helped get it done, but it’s no permanent replacement. I miss the corporate worship, prayer, smiles, children, families, friends, community and the faith when we all gather together. I love Compelled. I am thankful for that and we will continue to have our service online, on facebook and on Youtube for those of you not ready to return or that are high-risk.
I am very very very glad this is over.
This next weekend, We will be back together 3 services a weekend at Bedford and also the 11 am Sunday at Holland.
If you are ready to come back, we are ready for you. If you are not quite ready, no problem. If you want to wear a mask, please do. If you don’t want to wear a mask then don’t. We have approached our opening with wisdom and not recklessness of course, but we also want adults to be able to make their own decisions and I know we are all going to be courteous and thoughtful to the comfort level of others.
This happy pastor will be at Compelled this weekend.
Pastor Nate Elarton